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If you're looking for a little luxury during your trip to Niseko, you should definitely take a peek at the boutique hotel Chalet Ivy. Whilst, like many Japanese ski hotels, it's not much to look at from the outside, it's the inside that matters though. A great space with an almost alpine ambience - neutral tones, plenty of wood and stone as well as the log fires crackling by the comfy sofas. This relaxing feel goes through to the 78 rooms all particularly spacious.
The hotel has plenty of facilities and service perks that make it a little bit above some other ski lodge offerings. There's a ski concierge and ski rental shop in the hotel itself as well as a shuttle bus to the slopes if you don't fancy walking 200m to the nearest lift (it's downhill on the return journey). There are also some contemporary public and private indoor and outdoor onsens to enjoy at your leisure or opt for a massage to complete the experience.
It's a very convenient hotel offering some luxury services and many rooms have views of the mountains or Mt Yoteii on a clear day, bag a higher floor for the best gazing opportunities.
- Convenient location with both the ski lifts and town centre being easily walkable
- Indoor and outdoor onsens - there's nothing better to wind down your day
- Beautifully designed rooms and common spaces
- The majority of the rooms have twin beds so you won't be sharing a double - though some can be pushed together
- The hotel's shuttle can take you around the village as well as to and from the ski lifts
Sat in the middle of the main street in Upper Hirafu Village there are plenty of restaurants, shops and bars within easy striking distance. The slopes are 200m up the road and there's a shuttle bus if you don't fancy walking - it's easier on the way home as it's slightly downhill.
All rooms at Chalet Ivy have hairdryers, TV, safe, complimentary bottled water, tea and coffee with kettle, bathrobes and toiletries.
Superior rooms have twin beds and a small seating area with balcony. The ensuite has a bath tub.
Approx. 27-30m2, sleeps max. 3
Deluxe rooms have twin beds with a small seating area and a balcony. There is a shower in the bathroom.
Approx. 33m2, sleeps max. 3
Onsen suites are much larger with twin or king bed. There is still a balcony but you get a private onsen in your bathroom as well as a bath tub.
Approx. 55-57m2, sleeps max. 3
Resort height - 235m
Highest point - 1,210m
Ski areaNiseko United - 48km of piste accessible from the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Hanazono resorts.
The pistes are soft you'll struggle to find any ice. The off-piste isn't just accessible to experts especially off the side of the groomed runs - there are 9 gates to the backcountry.
Blue runs 30%
Red runs 40%
Black runs 30%
Lifts - 30
Season length - December to April
Snowiest months - January & February
Average snowfall - nearly a whopping 15 metres per season
Why choose Niseko?
- Ambundance of light, fluffy snow. It's famed for it
- Vibrant main village (Hirafu) plenty to explore
- Hot springs - Onsens
- Great range of pistes for all abilities
- Fantastic food, delicious and varied
- Unusual scenery and rich culture
Cat skiing | cross-country skiing | horse riding | night skiing | onsens | Reindeer sledding | Snow mobiling | snow rafting | snow shoeing
New Chitose - 2 hours 30 minutes
Rusutsu resort - 25 minutes
Niseko United all mountain lift pass
6 day lift pass from £290
9 day lift pass from £424
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